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Lanterns In The Rain

13th January 2018

There was a road-trip to Edinburgh while Mom was here.  Of course.  And the three of us go to the zoo whenever we get the chance.  I’d wanted to Isla to see the Giant Lanterns of China since they arrived at the zoo.  And I thought taking my Mom would be a chance to make some groovy memories.

Giant Lanterns at Edinburgh Zoo

Except the trails were too much walking for Mom so she couldn’t come.  The zoo did offer Mom a wheelchair, but with mine as well, that would have made for an interesting convoy.

Whenever we go to the zoo, there’s a minibus service from top to bottom, which I assumed would be how we would be enjoying the lanterns together.  I imagined some  kind of lantern safari where we’d see everything from the bus, out of the rain.

There was no such thing.  The minibus wasn’t on, to make room for the extra crowds of people.

It was Mom’s last night with us, and I wanted to do something together.  I also wanted to see Isla’s face when she saw the lanterns.  Mom made us go.

All night, I felt like a horrible daughter and a mediocre mother.  I passed every lit up thing of beauty, ‘Mom would LOVE this.  Mom should see this.  Fer chrissake, could it rain any harder?’

And I did cry.  Because it was beautiful.  And Isla did love it.  I’m glad we went, but it was Mom’s last night, and you can’t yet be two places at once.

Here are the photos I showed Mom when got back.

What you don’t see is the torrential rain, and the crowds, and somewhat surprising for a lantern festival, really badly-lit pathways.








Not The Lion King.


There be dragons.


A chameleon while it was purple!



A blue frog



An obligatory thistle.


Full of thoughts.



I always find the purple.


This is where I cried.



Did you really think there’d be no penguins?


The world is small.


This post is not sponsered by Edinburgh Zoo.  We just like shiny things.


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  • Reply Rebecca Moon Ruark 13th January 2018 at 4:31 pm

    Just WOW! I would have cried, too.

  • Reply suzie81speaks 13th January 2018 at 4:39 pm

    I love this – we had a similar one in Birmingham last year and The Bloke and I loved it! Glad you had a nice time (and stop being so hard on yourself!)

    • Reply Lorna 13th January 2018 at 8:28 pm

      I’m trying. Thank you. It was a memorable day!

  • Reply Carol 13th January 2018 at 7:13 pm

    Repeating Rebecca – WOW!

  • Reply bluerosegirl08 13th January 2018 at 7:28 pm

    These photos are fantastically wonderful.

  • Reply gemmaorton 13th January 2018 at 8:48 pm

    Wow, haven’t heard of this before. Looks stunning!

  • Reply achildof 13th January 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Wow thank you for sharing the photos. I totally understand your feeling torn between mother and daughter. Just a thought – if you were in your mothers position would you have pushed your daughter to go as well? 🙂

    • Reply Lorna 28th January 2018 at 9:22 am

      I see what you did there. Well played. 🙂

  • Reply TanGental 14th January 2018 at 12:51 am

    woof, spectacular… who’d not have a little snuffle, hey? And being a lover of shiny things makes you an honorary jackdaw which is also cool

  • Reply fattymccupcakes 14th January 2018 at 1:17 am

    Gorgeous! What’s the drive like to Edinburgh??

    • Reply Lorna 14th January 2018 at 10:50 am

      6 hours with stops.

  • Reply LaurenEph 14th January 2018 at 12:53 pm

    Beautiful! Try to be kind to yourself, your mum wanted you to have a good time xx

  • Reply angelanoelauthor 14th January 2018 at 5:27 pm

    Absolutely lovely. And I can relate to that feeling of wishing to be in two places at once–like that wonderful cliche having our cake and eating it too. There’s something beautiful about tears in the rain in front of something of wonder and wishing you could share it with someone you love who you know would love it too. It’s poetic–though I’m not sure it felt that way at the time. Thank you though, for giving me the moment to share with you.

    • Reply Lorna 14th January 2018 at 8:42 pm

      And thank you for sharing. I appreciate the many, many layers.

  • Reply amindfultravellerblog 15th January 2018 at 2:51 am

    Ahhh a time where you wish you could split your body in two….wouldn’t that have been nice!
    That dragon is amazing, beautiful lantern display Lorna. 🙂

    • Reply Lorna 28th January 2018 at 10:20 am

      The dragon actually looked quite friendly, ha!

  • Reply Ritu 28th January 2018 at 9:52 am

    I can understand your frustrations Lorna. But you did a great job and those lanterns looked amazing!

    • Reply Lorna 28th January 2018 at 10:22 am

      Camera didn’t do them justice!

      • Reply Ritu 28th January 2018 at 10:23 am

        But we still got a glimpse ?

  • Reply Shallow Reflections 28th January 2018 at 11:45 am

    Lovely photos of beautiful lanterns. Hopefully you can let go of the guilt. It’s possible your mother needed some time to herself. As a mother and grandmother I can write offer this perspective from personal experience. 😉

    • Reply Lorna 28th January 2018 at 12:48 pm

      So can I, but I was hyper aware that Mom lives on her own and came here to be with us. Mostly just lamenting the shitty weather and felt bad she was sick.

  • Reply josypheen 28th January 2018 at 8:11 pm

    You are being way too hard on yourself, You’re an awesome mum and a super-fun daughter! I bet she was happy to be relaxing out of the rain! Plus you took some gorgeous photos to share them with her. 🙂

    p.s. good work for not letting the rain prevent you prom seeing the lanterns!!

  • Reply Sally Charette 26th November 2018 at 8:59 pm

    So glad you went to see these! We loved the version that is in Los Angeles right now.

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